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Monday, March 31, 2014

33 weeks

Finally,  33 weeks (on Wednesday)!  Not gonna lie that this pregnancy has sure seemed like the longest 40 weeks ever.  Even during my short “feel good” weeks, they went slow.   I’m hoping the panic of how long my to-do list is will make this last stretch not seem quite as long as I think it will be.
Appointments:  My last 2 appointments have been quite annoying.  There seem to be more and more policies being put into place that make just getting a “normal, run of the mill” hospital birth really hard.  On Feb. 19, I met with Carissa for my 27 week appointment.  She gave me a hard time about my weight gain.  Really?!  First time that’s ever happened.  Now granted, I had gained 9 pounds from my last appointment, but really folks.  Weight gain happens.  Then, informed me that the specialist we had met with wrote in my chart that I needed to see an OB to be cleared to go back to the midwives.  AND DIDN’T FEEL THE NEED TO MENTION THAT TO ME.  I fought that one and got Carissa to agree that it wasn’t necessary.

Then I met with Ray on March 19.  He had two students with him which I always find annoying but feel too bad to say no to.  We chatted about ways to help my gbs test be negative so I wouldn’t have to get an IV this time around.  But oh, new policy, I have to get a heplock no matter what to go down to the 4th floor.  I know it’s not the end of the world, but it would be so nice to labor without a needle sticking in my hand/arm.
Baby Name:  Well, we are almost 100% sure of our name but since we haven’t announced it publicly yet, might as well just wait.  If you ask me in person, I have no problem sharing it, but I guess it will be fun to be able to share it with more people on the day he arrives.
Stuff I done for the man:  Hahahahaha.  I mean a whole lot of nothing.  Ok well I have lots of ideas but the our basement reno has taken all priority right now.  Also baby’s room had been housing the stuff from the basement, so I could barely walk into the room, let alone start decorating.  But the room got cleaned out this weekend and the painting has begun!  Here’s a little preview of the color scheme in his room.  The walls will be the aqua(ish) color with accents of  grays and yellows.760a5eea083757913610ed10ab03c4c1 Will's Yellow & Aqua Abode
The trim, closet, and window right now are a cream color so my first job is to paint the trim white.  I decided to keep Ellison’s room the same and not move her out of her crib just yet.  I felt like Owen was ready before Ellie arrived and he got a big boy bed.  But she’s just now giving us more nights without waking (if you don’t count waking up at 5:15 ready to go)and I don’t want to mess with it.  So this baby gets new white furniture.  Here’s his crib (which has arrived but is not put together yet).

I have quite the growing list of things like a blanket, his coming home outfit, art for above the crib, mobile, nursing cover, updated burp cloths, etc that need to get finished in the next 10 weeks.   I keep telling myself it doesn’t have to be done before he gets here (as he’ll be in our room for the the first month) but let’s be honest – I’d love to have it completed beforehand.

In other news: Jenna has decided not to fly out for little man’s birth.  While I’m super sad to not have her beautiful eye taking pictures, it does relieve a little pressure of only have a 3 day window in which to go into labor.  So I’ve booked Holly Birch Photography to take pictures for me.  She does amazing work and is in town so she can come whenever the big event happens.  It’s been so great to not have to worry about snapping pictures and having gorgeous shots of the biggest events in my life!

How I’m feeling:  Like a whale.  Ok, it could be worse.  Just feeling the normal end-of-pregnancy things where you have 5 pillows in your bed and still can’t sleep and are peeing every 20 minutes.  But I’m also getting really excited that we get to meet him soon!

January 7 (20 weeks, 6 days)Picture 1865 January 19 (22 weeks, 4 days)IMG_1597February 5 (25 weeks)IMG_1647 March 30,2014 (32 weeks, 4 days)IMG_1798

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Baby Sprinkle!

I told my small group ladies that I didn't want or need shower/sprinkle for this little guy.  I have all the clothes I need from Owen and really only had one or two items on my “must” buy list.  But they insisted and it was super fun to celebrate with the 3 (yes 4 total) pregnant ladies in our small group.   Christine had decorated adorably and made us feel so special.
IMG_1766-001 IMG_1767This has been a little joke in our girl’s nights.  Christine has a love of “ranking” things and it progressed into this fun game for the night.  We each brought one or two flavors of M&M’s.  There are 12 flavors on that table and that’s not even all the flavors out there.  Then, we sat around the table and munched on chocolate!IMG_1771-001Christine had made this adorable ranking sheet and as we ate, we gave the flavors numbers 1-12.  Then we shared our rankings and answered fun ice-breaker type questions about ourselves that related to the flavor.  For example, the mega M&M’s question was “What’s your mega dream job?” IMG_17792 pink baskets and 2 blue!IMG_1775I just love these ladies.  They are so real and it’s wonderful knowing I have a group of ladies that I can weekly spill my guts to!  They spoiled us and now the closet is full of diapers ready for the little man.IMG_1782-001 I made a few little bibs to tuck in with all the diapers and wipes!photo 1 photo 22 of the babies have made their appearance as of publishing this.  One more down and then we’re up!!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Big Brother class

This morning, Owen and I went to Carle for a big brother class.  Another family from church was there too so it was fun to sit with them.  Even though Owen’s been through this before, this time he really “gets” it.  He talks a lot about his brother, how he’s going to help, and things he’s going to teach him.  So I thought this little class might be something fun for just him and I to do together.

When we got there, he got a snack and then went through his folder and checked everything out.  We watched a silly video about being a sibling which Owen thought was fun.Picture 1620 He picked out a baby and tried to help me put on the diaper and then swaddle him.Picture 1621 Picture 1622
Then we got paper and crayons and made a picture for baby brother.  We turned it in and they’ll laminate it for us and mail it to our house to bring to the hospital.Picture 1624 He got a cool goody bag with sunglasses, crayons, big brother stickers, and a slinky.Picture 1625 Then they had a little graduation and he got a certificate saying he’s ready to be a big brother.  Overall, a cute little class that I think he enjoyed.  Also, an interesting side note.  William has been vying for the name ‘Grayson’ since I was pregnant with Owen.  I love the name, it’s just becoming super popular around here which William didn’t believe.  In the class there was one Gracyn and one of the babies-to-be was going to be named that.  After reiterating this to William, he agreed to use it as a middle name instead of his first name.  Picture 1627 He got to choose where we ate lunch and he wanted chips and salsa, so Mexican food it was!  What a fun date with my little big man.Picture 1629

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Prep.Freeze.Cook Party!

Last night was a super fun night.  My mom came down to help take care of the kids so I could host my first ever Prep.Freeze.Cook party!  Owen got to stay up a bit late to say hello to all the ladies.IMG_1737IMG_1738IMG_1744Here is the gist of it.  I contacted Wendi to schedule a party.  I picked 8 meals from her awesome menu and let the first 2 girls who RSVP’d pick the other two.  Wendi did ALL the shopping and prep work (like chopping up the veggies and browning meat).  She brought it to my house and we helped her unload everything.IMG_1735Then we all got to work labeling bags.  Everyone took a stack of gallon freezer bags and labeled them with the name of the meal and the cooking directions.  It was easier for one person to label all the bags for one meal.IMG_1741 IMG_1742Then a group of 2-3 ladies was put in charge of each meal.  They would read the recipe and dump in the ingredients into each bag.IMG_1745 IMG_1746Once all the ingredients were in the bags, they closed them up and put one bag in each lady’s laundry basket or box they brought.  Then that group moved onto the next recipe.IMG_1751 IMG_1753No, we didn’t drink those. :)  One of the ingredients for a chicken meal.IMG_1757 IMG_1759It was super fun and in less than 2 hours, we each had 10 meals that were ready to go into the freezer for our families.  For someone who doesn’t love to cook, I love this!  IMG_1764 blog-signature-1

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